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Bahrain Holds Run-Off Vote for Nine Parliamentary Seats

October 01, 2011

Oct. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Bahrainis went to the polls today to vote in a run-off round of special parliamentary elections after candidates in nine constituencies failed to win an outright majority in last week’s vote.

The Sept. 24 special elections were held to fill 18 seats in the 40-member parliament vacated by the al-Wefaq group, the biggest Shiite Muslim party. Al-Wefaq lawmakers quit in objection to a crackdown on mostly Shiite demonstrators who held rallies in February and March. At least 35 people died in protest-related violence.

Five candidates were declared winners in the Oct. 24 vote, while four candidates won seats before the elections were held after their competitors withdrew.

--Editors: Digby Lidstone, Alex Nicholson

To contact the reporter on this story: Donna Abu Nasr in Manama at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at

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